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Archives: Week Of February 10-16, 2003
-VOLUME: 62 / ISSUE: 1,857 Monday - February 10, 2003-
David CopperfieldDavid Copperfield is described in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article as "the hardest-working man in the snow biz, having pulled the wool over millions of delighted eyes with 'Now you see it, now you don't, or did you?' illusions." The article reported that Copperfield "likes David Blaine, whose 'street magic' has been making the news; he has no problem with people who find their own way. However, he says, 'People who copy me I don't really like very much.'" He also described his show as "…a kind of wish fulfillment. Audience members get their dream car, win the lottery, reunite with loved ones, travel around the world. And back, of course." To read the Feb. 5 article by  Cynthia McMullen titled "Prepare to dream" click: HERE.(2/10)

Jack Young who was a regular performer at New York City's Magic Towne House in the 70s and Mostly Magic in the 80s died on Tuesday Jan. 28. A listing was made in the Feb. 6 issue of The New York Times.(2/10)

A Sunday Herald article about rope walker Philippe Petit looks at daredevils and describes David Blaine as "an extreme performer whose sole raison d'etre is television. It is his stage, his high wire. It is where he was born as a daredevil and where he will make us believe he will die." To read the Feb. 9 article by Edd McCracken titled "Highly Strung" click: HERE.(2/10)

Magic CastleJerry Andrus, Goldfinger & Dove, Michael Finney, Reed McClintock, Whit Haydn, Mystina, and Steve Hart appear at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles on Feb. 10-16. Reed McClintock lectures on Sunday Feb. 16.(2/10)

Gopinath Muthukad who is described as a "dashing young Indian magician" in an Times Of Oman feature that describes his upcoming show and quotes him about the new escape he is planning, "We are all set for a very new item in Oman titled, Spike Escape Act, which would be staged for the first time here. The magician 'escapes' from a bed of iron arrows weighing half tonnes. Besides spikes, a circular sword will be spinning very fast on to the body of the magician. Being the performing magician, I have a risky job of escaping from all dangers within a few seconds." To read the Feb. 10 article titled "Kerala magician to whip up frenzy with death-defying act" click: HERE.(2/10)

Mike Darnell who gave us, "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed," is featured in a Washington Post article that described how he came up with the idea, "Darnell and his wife attended a magic show at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Discussing the performance afterward, Darnell kept trying to guess how some of the tricks were done. 'And then I thought, 'Why can't I know?' …I mean, you could go to any library and probably find out, but it occurred to me that the answer might make a pretty good TV show." The article also mentioned the lawsuits that were filed against FOX and that "Darnell, thrilled by all the publicity, subsequently ordered up five more 'Breaking' specials. Suffice to say, he's no longer welcome at the Magic Castle." To read the Feb. 10 article by Paul Farhi titled "On Fox, Making Reality a Reality" click: HERE.(2/10)

Marcello Truzzi who died on Feb. 2 is the subject of a New York Times featured obituary that described him as "…a professor, writer, magician and juggler" and "…a sociologist whose research interests included parapsychology, flying saucers and witchcraft." To read the Feb. 9 obituary by Douglas Martin titled "Marcello Truzzi, 67, Sociologist Who Studied the Supernatural, Dies" click: HERE.(2/10-A member site)

Marcello Truzzi's obituary appeared in the Ann Arbor News where his wife describes him as "…the quintessential, absent-minded professor. He would leave car keys in the freezer and things like that. But he just had a brilliant mind, was very creative, and every day came up with something insightful and interesting." To read the Feb. 9 obituary by Jo Collins Mathis titled "Expert on the paranormal dies" click: HERE.(2/10)

More repercussions from Penn & Teller's stunt at the World Magic Seminar are described in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article which reported on a couple that is circulating petitions and contacting the local hotels for an apology. A professor at UNLV is quoted, "…Penn Jillette has made a career of pushing the envelope. I would guess that he wanted this response." To read the Feb. 8 article by Dave Berns titled "Couple seek penance from casinos for Penn & Teller stunt" click: HERE.(2/10)

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-VOLUME: 62 / ISSUE: 1,858 Tuesday - February 11, 2003-
"Saturday At Reuben's" is the title of a one-hour documentary about the New York City magician's weekly gathering at Reuben's Deli. A free screening of the film is scheduled for Wednesday Feb. 12 at 4pm, as part of "The N.Y. Int'l Independent Film & Video Festival in Los Angeles," at the Laemmle Fairfax (Screen 1, 7907 Beverly Boulevard) in West Hollywood. Much of the footage was shot a couple of years ago and this is an opportunity to see, hangout and reminisce with some of New York City's "regulars." The film is produced by Yalie Leslie Danoff.(2/11)

Michael AmmarMichael Ammar is honored on Saturday by being inducteed into the WVU Alumni Association's Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Ammar is quoted in a Dominion Post article, "This is where I developed so much of the magic that I still perform today… I was obsessed." Ammar's career is described as "Ammar doesn't just perform magic -- he markets it. He writes and produces a number of instructional books, videos and DVDs that are best-sellers in the magic community, and he's traveling the country teaching classes for the Society of American Magicians." To read the Feb. 9 article by Jim Bissett titled "Magical night for honored alums" click: HERE.(2/11)

An Anthology of Stage Magic featuring Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company will be presented this year on Thursdays, Feb. 13 and 20, Mar. 20, and Apr. 3 and 17 at 7:30pm at the Larcom Theatre (13 Wallis Street) in Beverly, Massachusetts. Tickets are $12-$18 per person and are available by phoning: 978-927-3677.(2/11)

Dave Rojahn who is best known for his shows as 16th century English magician Isaac Fawlkes is featured in a York Daily Record article that caught up to him as he was appearing at the Springettsbury Township café. The article looks at his career and the many different types of shows he has presented over the years. To read the Feb. 10 article by Karen Muller titled "Living a magical life" click: HERE.(2/11)

R. Paul WilsonMARYLAND: R. Paul Wilson lectures on Wednesday Feb. 12 at 7:30pm at Denny & Lee Magic Studio (325 South Marlyn Avenue) in Baltimore. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by phoning: 410-686-3914.(2/11)

David Copperfield who appears at the Wang Theatre in Boston this weekend with his "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion" show is featured in a Boston Herald article that quoted him from a phone conversation, "Well, I'm sitting on the back of a tour bus right now, and I guess I love it… Every night I get to try new things out and try to make them work better.'' To read the Feb. 11 article by Robin Vaughan titled "Wonders never cease: Hub-bound David Copperfield dreams up new illusions" click: HERE.(2/11)

Steven Bye who is organizing an International Stars of Magic show as a benefit for the Starlight Children's Foundation scheduled for May 10 in Australia is mentioned in a Maitland Mercury article that reported, "All the magicians are donating their time free of charge. They include international stars Matt Hollywood, Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster, 13-year-old JD and his world of magic, and Brendan Montana. To read the Feb. 11 titled "Steven sets up charity magic show" click: HERE.(2/11)

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-VOLUME: 62 / ISSUE: 1,859 Wednesday - February 12, 2003-
Jeff Sheridan opens at the Tigerpalast (Tiger Palace) (Heiligkreuzgasse 16-20) in Frankfurt, Germany on Feb. 13. This is Sheridan's seventh or eighth stint as part of the review and will be debuting some new manipulative routines. His opening number will feature mirror manipulations and he will even be seen wearing a tuxedo for a brief moment. Sheridan will remain in the show through June. For tickets and information click: HERE.(2/12)

Owen Magic SupremeOwen Magic Supreme and it's century of serving magicians is featured in a Pasadena Star News article that reported "For more than 100 years, the company has furnished props to some of the industry's most talented names. From Houdini to Doug Henning, with some David Copperfield and Siegfried & Roy thrown in, Owen is a name in itself. Its owners call magician and former "Night Court' star Harry Anderson a personal friend." To read the Feb. 10 article by Andrew Blazier titled "100 Years of Abracadabra" click: HERE.(2/12)

More Science of Magic will begin airing on Feb. 13 on The Discovery Channel and Lance Burton is the new host. A Burton press release quotes him about the special, "The one-hour special serves up a close-up look at magic and the scientific principles behind the art including the optical, mechanical and psychological applications. Its focal point examines what intrigues people about magic." To read the Feb. 11 press release titled "Lance Burton to Host 'More Science of Magic' on The Discovery Channel" click: HERE.(2/12)

David Copperfield in a Virginian-Pilot article that reported, "The world's most famous magician proceeded to surprise his followers by scaling down instead of taking on more mythic structures." Copperfield explained, "I'm here to prove that size doesn't always matter… You can be big in concept. I used to fly in my show and that got as big a reaction as making the Statue of Liberty disappear. Everybody dreams about flying. Nobody dreams about cutting someone in half." Copperfield also spoke about his career, "I'm very proud of what I have done… But I can never fool myself into thinking that I've done it all. I'm still learning. I'm still trying. I haven't gotten it right yet." To read the Feb. 10 article by Ed Condran titled "David Copperfield Gets Intimate" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(2/12)

Gary Maurer is described as "Bluffton's newest, and possibly first, professional magician" in a Carolina Morning News article. To read the Feb. 11 article by Rob Dewig titled "Abracadabra, Bluffton has a magician" click: HERE.(2/12)

The top ten stunts are described in a Sunday Herald article that mentions David Blaine and Houdini. To read the Feb. 9 article titled "Stunts to be honoured from freezing to drowing to lying; 10 of the best" supplied by YellowBrix and Infoseek click: HERE.(2/12)

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-VOLUME: 62 / ISSUE: 1,860 Thursday - February 13, 2003-
Fantasma ToysRoger Dreyer and Mark Setteducati's Fantasma Toys which was founded in 2001 will be opening its first FAO Schwarz magic venue on Feb. 15 in the New York City flagship store. Dreyer told MagicTimes, "We are opening the world's coolest magic store and are offering tricks that will not only appeal to the consumers but the professional magician as well." A two-day party is planned for Feb. 15-16 with magic shows every hour by John Stetson, David Oliver, Silly Billy, Bob Friedhoffer, Simon Lovell, and Roger Dreyer. On display and for sale will be original collectible illusions from some of magic's masters. By the end of the year there should be 3-5 more venues opening around the US. With the next two scheduled for Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Fantasma Toys is also the exclusive magic products supplier for all FAO Schwarz stores.(2/13)

Marc Salem's Mind Games which runs in Melbourne, Australia through Feb. 23 is reviewed in The Age where the show is described and described as, "Mind Games genuinely pushes us into the unknown. It is a marvellously entertaining show, full of magic we are assured is entirely natural." To read the Feb. 10 article by Helen Thomson titled "Audience spellbound" click: HERE.(2/13)

Brad Henderson appears on the "Psychics and Mindreaders" episode of the game show The Weakest Link. The episode is scheduled to run on Friday Feb. 14 all over the US in syndication. Check local listings for a time and station near you.(2/13)

Arturo Brachetti's show at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia is reviewed in a KYW News Radio segment that describes the show and is called "…a staggering one-man-one-theatrical tableau the likes of which I'm certain you've never seen -- unless you've seen him in his native Italy or somewhere else where he's regarded as the world's most gifted quick-change artist." To read the Feb. 13 review by Bob Nelson titled "'Arturo Brachetti' at the Merriam" click: HERE.(2/13)

Jay Alexander, Robert Strong & Super Gigi star in "An Evening Of Comedy And Magic" on Saturday Feb. 15 at 7:30pm at the Kennedy Arts Center (3500 Mountain Boulevard) in Oakland, CA. Tickets are $20 per person and are available by phoning: 415-431-7469.(2/13)

KC Pandey, "the pasha of abracadabra," makes "the 72.5 meter high Qutab Minar is the highest unmovable object so far used for any performance" disappear. A Sify News article reported that "With no optical illusion and with no curtains, frame or stage, Pandey vanished the minaret with a specially invented magic wand." To read the Feb. 13 article titled "Magician vanishes Qutab Minar for few seconds" click: HERE.(2/13)

Patrick Donovan who had himself bound and thrown into a pool in order to promote and upcoming magic course he is giving is featured in a Bangor Daily News article that reported, "Donovan, who has been practicing his craft for more than a year, said he came up with the idea of escaping from an underwater prison from the master magician, Houdini." To read the Feb. 12 article titled "Baileyville man, partner team up for magic" supplied by Infoseek and YellowBrix click: HERE.(2/13)

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-VOLUME: 62 / ISSUE: 1,861 Friday - February 14, 2003-
Bob FriedhofferBob Friedhoffer will be presenting his "Cosmic Cabaret" at the Kaufmann Theater in the Museum of Natural History in New York City on Sunday Feb. 16 at 2pm. The show is described as a "mixed-media vaudeville act created especially for a family audience incorporating the latest research and theories in contemporary physics." The show is presented in collaboration with CUNY Graduate Center and will also feature Lynda Williams. The performance is free with museum admission.(2/14)

David Copperfield's "Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion" at the Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA on Sunday is previewed in a Union-News article that reprted that Copperfield's heroes are "Walt Disney, Orson Welles and Frank Sinatra" or as he put it, "I like people who took their art and elevated it and put it into the mainstream… My role is really as a storyteller." Copperfield also explained  what he tries to accomplish, "I look for ways to inspire people… I look for ways to make magic relevant and do things that haven't been done in the past, like vanishing an airplane. I love what I do. That's why I do 500 shows a year." To read the Feb. 13 article by George Lenker titled "Magician savors role of storyteller" click: HERE.(2/14)

Torkova, The Great Throwdini, Chris Capehart, Todd Robbins, Asi Wind, Dennis Kyriakos headline at Monday Night Magic on Feb. 17 at 8pm in NYC. For tickets phone Ticketmaster at: 212-307-4100. For more information click: HERE.(2/14)

An obituary for Arthur Jonas Kahn (Art Kahn) who died on Feb. 4 at the age of 66 appeared in The Jersey Journal which reported,"In 1974, he opened a magic business and performed at various community events as "Zanadu, the Magic Man." He also owned the Magic Shop, Jersey City, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians." To read the Feb. 4 obituary click: HERE.(2/14)

TEXAS: The annual Lone Star Magic Auction takes place on Feb. 15 at Magic Etc. (2300 West Freeway) in Fort Worth. For more information and to view the online catalog click: HERE.(2/14)

INDIA: The Magic Academy that was founded by Gopinath Muthukad in 1996 will be presenting a special course beginning Feb. 15 titled "Magic for Relaxation." The month long course is "aimed at easing mental stress and strain among employees."(2/14)

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